Our World

A monthly series, corralling the various food, products, and entertainment we're currently enjoying.
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A monthly series, corralling the various food, products, and entertainment we're currently enjoying.
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1. S Town Podcast: When Geoffrey and I traveled to Japan earlier this month, I spent a lot of time wide-awake at the crack of dawn (thank you, jet lag). At first I tried reading books, but I eventually found that the best course of action was to lay down with my eyes closed to save as much energy as possible, which is why the launch of this podcast couldn’t have come at a better time. If you haven’t heard of it (or, more likely, haven’t already finished it), the show follows a producer who goes to a town in Alabama to investigate a murder, but of course, what he discovers turns out to be far more complex and personal than the murder he originally set out to investigate. The people he interviews are like characters out of a Coen brothers film, if their latest film took place in the deep south. I don’t want to give anything away by saying too much, but all I can say is it’s the best thing since Serial (which makes sense, considering it was produced by the same team). - Emily

2. Rau Cacao Drinks: For the past several months, Emily and I have been making an effort to cut out sugar and alcohol during the week. In an attempt to eat fewer sweets, I came across Rau, which makes naturally sugar-free chocolate milk. Now I’ll grab a bottle for “dessert” or after a long bike ride, since there are few things as perfect after working out as a glass of chocolate milk. - Geoffrey

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3. Danielle Clough Rackets: I first came across Danielle Clough’s work in a New York Times piece about her unusual embroidery in vintage tennis racquets, and immediately started following her on Instagram. After months of following her and thinking almost daily about how much I wanted one of her rackets (which, at the time, cost about $200 but now can be as much as $600, thanks to all the amazing press she’s been getting), I started to save for one. A few weeks ago, after reaching out to her about several options (they sell almost as soon as they’re posted!), I finally secured and purchased one. It’s an investment, and it feels a little ridiculous to spend so much money on an object that isn’t an experience (like a trip), but it’s the first “serious” piece of art I’ve ever purchased for myself and it makes me incredibly happy every time I see it hanging on my wall (which is every day!). - Leslie

4. Japan Candy Box: I loved my experience in Japan, but one of my favorite things about the entire trip was the seemingly endless supply of creative, cute, and delicious candy. Before leaving the country, I stocked up on as many Pocky and unique Kit Kats as I could fit in my suitcase. In searching online for some of my favorite flavors, I came across this monthly Japanese Candy Subscription Box which sends a selection of hand-picked candies to your door every month. - Emily

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5. Zojirushi Induction Heating Pressure Rice Cooker & Warmer: Em and I sometimes joke that we're cursed when it comes to cooking rice: While we both consider ourselves to be capable cooks, no matter what we do, our rice comes out mealy and flavorless. This issue became all the more acute when we returned from Japan—after tasting some of the best rice, our Asian-inspired dishes like chicken teriyaki and salmon bowls over sub-par rice, just weren't cutting it anymre. This rice cooker is a massive investment, but it's worth it. It churns out perfect grains and comes recommended by chefs at world-renowned sushi restaurants, including Sushi Nakazawa in New York. It even has an umami setting which soaks rice for longer to give it even more flavor. - Geoffrey

6. Alit Wines: Every time I spend $20 on a bottle of wine (which at this point in my life is a huge splurge), I'm suspicious about whether it's really that much better than my go-to $12 bottle. This wine startup, which is being called the “Everlane” of wine, answers that question for me. It cuts out the middleman (distributors) and is completely transparent about its cost—each bottle lists out exactly what went into making it (i.e., $2 for the Bottling, $6 for the Winery and equipment, $5 for five employees). Not to mention, the labels are adorable. - Leslie 

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7. Agent Nateur Natural Deodorant: Here's the deal. I debated whether or not to include this because, truly one of my best buys last year was a different natural deodorant, but I've since learned the hard way that, when it comes to natural deodorants, they sometimes stop working once your body has a chance to adjust and adapt to them. At times, I sometimes wanted to abort ship and go back to using "clinical strength," but at the end of the day, there are so many benefits that come with a natural clean deodorant that outweigh the fact that they sometimes aren't as strong as I'd like. While I've tried out a few recommendations from friends (which, to be clear, were based solely on my asking them, not because they felt the need to offer suggestions in reaction to me smelling bad...), this has been my new favorite. I love the eucalyptus smell, and it's been working like a charm so far. Here's hoping it holds up through the summer. - Emily

8. Countable: This app/website makes it easier for you to stay up-to-date on what your local representatives are voting for. The idea is that it will grow to the point where users will be able to voice their concerns to their representatives through it. It's a great tool for anyone who cares about their community. - Geoffrey

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9. Milk and Eggs Groceries: I recently mentioned this Los Angeles-based online grocery store in a Leslie's List and have since become a devoted user of it. Like other farm delivery websites like Good Eggs in San Francisco (and, before it closed, in New York City), Milk and Eggs delivers groceries to your door from local farmers. I’m an especially big fan of their farm sampler bags, which include an impressive amount of produce for just $19—plus I love the surprise of not knowing exactly what’s in each. They offer a subscription option, so I have my bag delivered once every two weeks on Monday morning, which has definitely upped my weekday meal game. - Leslie

10. Mommy Dead and Dearest HBO DocumentaryI always love a good murder mystery documentary and this one looks particularly creepy, thanks to the mother-daughter dynamic at the center of it. Based on the short trailer, which you can watch here, it's about a daughter who killed her mother in what looks to be like retaliation for her mom's Munchausen by proxy syndrome. I've already made a date with G to watch it when it premieres on HBO on May 15th. - Emily

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11. Devil in the White CityI read this book when it was released in 2003, but now that it’s being made into a movie with Scorsese and DiCaprio, it’s a good time to revisit the true story of the United States first serial killer. Set behind the backdrop of the 1893 World’s Fair in Chicago, this detailed account reads more like a Hollywood thriller than a history lesson and is a good reminder that truth is scarier than fiction. - Geoffrey

12. Care/Of Vitamins: The last time I took daily vitamins, I was eight-years-old, and they were in gummy form. A large reason for that is 1. I always forget to take them, and 2. I've always agreed with the Michael Pollan quote, "Be the kind of person who takes supplements—then skip the supplements." By that, he means that it's not necessary to break food down into specific nutrients, but that if you're the type of person who takes multivitamins, you're probably already fairly healthy. But Care/Of presents vitamins in such an appealing way, that I decided to be the "person who takes supplements." The first time you visit their website, they ask you a variety of questions that address skin, energy levels, stress, digestion, etc. From there, they suggest five vitamins to take every day, which they ship to you in extremely cute, monthly packs (I was recommended Vitamin D, Vitamin C, Fish Oil, Astaxanthin for healthy skin, and Rhodiola for sleep). I keep the dispenser next to my coffee machine, but also keep a few in my purse for those mornings I forget. - Leslie